Monday, February 22, 2016

Stories below the fold

Leprosy in ShangriLa? Say it isn't so.

the article is about a lepersarium in the rural area founded by a Brit but now run by a local doctor who himself was raised in a similar hospital.

Related item: The real Knights of Malta. Forget the conspiracy theories. They are just a huge NGO...

When I worked with Africa, I was friends with the nun who ran the Hansen's disease outreach program there, which was funded by the Knights.

another ALJ story:
Babies in the Sindh dying of malnutrition? 

the drought this year has pushed the borderline standard of living over the edge.


but I see they are trying to feed up the kids before they end up dying:

The number of infants and toddlers brought to the nutrition stabilisation centre in January is the highest in the last two years.
yes, we had a similar "nutrition village" at our hospital in Africa 40 years ago...if you wait until they are sick, or they have full blown Kwashiorkor, they will probably die on you.

Fiji was devestated by a cyclone. Sigh.


UKMail reports: a blood test for TB?

I'll have to read up on it and post a longer discussion on my medical blog: TB is a complicated illness, and hard to diagnose...


AlJ summarizes the land grab in the West Philippine sea
Asia, the new centre of global economic gravity, seems to be sleepwalking into an all-out conflict.


Lung cancer deaths in the US are down due to less smoking, but radon and air pollution are other causes of this terrible disease.

So China, whose pollution has gotten worse from industrialization, has more lung cancer now.
Is it pollution, or due to their high rate of cigarette smoking?


Gender wars. For later reading


quick, who said this in the Presidential debate:

He said it was wrong to prevent qualified people to run for public office just because they have relatives in the government.

Yes, we are having an election.

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